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Lot 940: Frankish Triangular-Headed Bow Brooch
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 5th-6th century AD. The majority of a silver-gilt bow brooch of 'asymmetric' type; sub-triangular headplate formed as a semicircular panel to the top of the bow, decorated with chip-carved running spirals and three smaller semicircular panels radiating from this, each decorated with three roundels within collars; surrounding strip with chip-carved key-step decoration, extending to above the upper panel and a discoid lobe with spiral joining the border; symmetrically placed quadrangular slots parallel to the outer edges; bow with three heavy moulded ribs with longitudinal detailing, panels of key-step decoration between; footplate with similar designs to the headplate, lacking the lobes; the remains of two circular piercings on the lower edge; remains of pin-lugs to the reverse. Cf. asymmetric brooches from Beauvais, France in MacGregor, A. et al. A Summary Catalogue of the Continental Archaeological Collections, Oxford, 1997, item 66.1. 39 grams, 67mm (2 3/4"). From an old English collection; acquired continental Europe.
Condition Report: Very fine condition, lower part missing.